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Mining for Nickel

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Mines de nickel
French version
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Length (feet): 
3748 (35mm); 1498 (16mm)
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Library and Archives Canada: 35mm, 16mm, VHS.
"This film combines animation and actuality footage to explain and illustrate the six different mining methods in use at Inco's Sudbury, Ontario area mines: square set (at the Creighton Mine); cut and fill (at the Garson Mine); shrinkage; open pit (at the Frood-Stobie pit); blasthole; and caving (at Creighton). Other sequences include a brief history of exploration and prospecting in the area; an explanation of prospecting methods from dip needle to core sampling to airborne magnetometers and other electromagnetic devices; footage of a main shaft sinking and the drilling of cross-cuts and drifts; and a brief explanation of the mine planning process. A map indicates the locations of the Creighton, Levack, Garson, Murray, and Frood-Stobie Mines."

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta: 16mm.
"Presents a comprehensive picture of the mining of nickel - from the search for nickel to the mining methods used. Animation further clarifies the methods."
From the Catalogue of 16mm Educational Motion Pictures. Published by the Educational Media Division, Department of Extension, University of Alberta, Edmonton, 1967.


Canadian Film Institute, Sponsored Films (Ottawa: Canadian Film Institute, c. 1961.
"A history of the discovery and mining of nickel in the Sudbury area covering prospecting methods, dip needle, drill samples and magnetometer surveys. A description is given of the planning for and opening of a new mine; models and animated diagrams illustrates six methods of mining for nickel."